We use an average of 12 products on our skin every day and approximately 60% of this is absorbed into the bloodstream. Popular mainstream products are filled with chemicals and ingredients we can not pronounce and that we definitely would not put in our mouth. So why do we put it on our skin?
It’s a no brainer if we want to be healthier and happier. We need to ditch the chemicals and make natural skincare the rule, not the exception.
Natural alternatives are no longer just for dirty hippies they are the way of the future. There are so many awesome plant-derived products on the market so simplifying your skin care has never been easier and chances are you will have much better results. The fact is if you are suffering from skin problems the preservatives and toxins in your products are causing them not fixing them!
Not only are natural products better for our health but the environment too - many synthetic ingredients do not naturally break down and have been found to lead to aquatic toxicity, which basically means that they can potentially pollute natural bodies of water such as lakes, and the sea, resulting in the deaths of fish and other aquatic life (don’t get us started on microbeads!).
If you are still not over your love affair with synthetic products, here are some simple DIY tips using natural ingredients you have around the house you can play with.
Got a pimple?
Mix a teaspoon of yeast with some lemon juice to form a paste and apply to the pimple, leave on for 10 minutes while the yeast fights the bacteria, and the lemon helps it out.
Freshly exfoliated lips look pinker, fuller and oh so pretty under your favourite lippie.
Next time you’ve got a hot date try mixing brown sugar and olive oil and give your lips a little scrub to remove dead skin cells and hydrate.
Weekly teeth whitener
Use an equal amount of baking soda with your toothpaste when brushing your teeth for a gentle enamel whitener or to get rid of discolouration.
Simply dab a cloth or cotton pad with coconut oil and gently rub makeup off.
Conditioning hair mask
Mix 1-2 tsp of coconut oil, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp of honey and one egg. Massage into your hair, comb through if you wish and let it sit for 15 minutes. For an extra conditioning treatment, wrap your scalp/hair with glad wrap or a towel. Wash when done with shampoo and conditioner.
Acne prone toner
¾ cup of strong green tea and ¼ cup of raw apple cider vinegar. Apply all over face except eyes after cleansing and before moisturising.
Easy as that, say sayonara to the paraben products.
Small changes make a huge difference in our health and our environment.